Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics

Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics Feb. 17, 2015 — People with back pain who think it’s unlikely that acupuncture will help them get less benefit from it than those who believe it will work, according to new research. Researchers from University of Southampton in the U.K. recruited 485 people who were planning to have acupuncture. […]

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New Drug May Slow Recurrent Thyroid Cancer, Study Finds

New Drug May Slow Recurrent Thyroid Cancer: Study By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new thyroid cancer drug can delay the progression of the disease almost five times longer than a placebo in people with recurring cancer, according to results from a new clinical trial. The oral drug, […]

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Study Ties Hormone Therapy to Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk

HRT Tied to Increased Ovarian Cancer Risk By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who use hormone therapy after menopause — even for just a few years — may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to new research. The new study found that when women used hormone […]

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Survey Finds Support for Vaccine Opt-Out Laws

Survey Finds Support for Vaccine Opt-Out Laws Feb. 13, 2015 — More than 1 in 4 adults think it’s OK not to vaccinate kids for religious or personal reasons, a new survey from WebMD shows. “The WebMD Survey on Measles Vaccinations” found that percentage is even higher among parents with young children. The survey found […]

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Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find

Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows. The study included more than 500 male and female smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers who were an average of […]

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‘Play’ May Be More Stressful for Kids With Autism: Study

‘Play’ May Be More Stressful for Kids With Autism By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism appear to approach play differently than typically developing children, a recent study contends. “Children with autism lack a social component to their play and don’t ‘adjust’ their play accordingly when another […]

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Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

Flu Hospitalizing Record Numbers of Elderly: CDC By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the flu season continues to show signs that it has peaked, it is hitting those over 65 the hardest, sending record numbers of older Americans to the hospital, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Seniors may […]

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Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal ‘Weed’ Use

Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal ‘Weed’ Use By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who are being assessed for the sleep disorder narcolepsy should also be screened for marijuana use because the drug can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, researchers report. People with narcolepsy show the same symptoms, the […]

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Meat-Heavy, High-Acid Diet Poses Risk for Those With Kidney Disease: Study

This Diet Risky for Those With Kidney Disease By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients struggling with chronic kidney disease who routinely consume meat-rich, highly acidic diets may boost their risk for kidney failure, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, kidney dysfunction can […]

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Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report Shows

Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed: Report By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of hip replacements performed in the United States has increased substantially, and the procedure has become more common in younger people, new government statistics show. The numbers reveal the rapid evolution of the procedure, […]

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